18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proud people take little account of their weaknesses and do not anticipate stumbling blocks. They think they are above the frailties of common people. In this state of mind they are easily tripped up. Ironically, proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, although everyone around them is well aware of it. Ask someone you trust whether self-satisfaction has blinded you to warning signs. He or she may help you avoid a fall.
12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being,13 To keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
I thank You for this new day and this week You have begun. I thank You Lord for the people You have brought into my life and for the hope that You show me through Your Word, through the people You bring into my life, and the love and truth of Jesus Christ. I thank You for Your Spirit that is with me and speaks to me, bring Your Word to mind in every situation that I may walk in alignment with You (be it a word of encouragement or a word of correction). Lord, today as I look at head, I pray that every meeting, every conversation, every project, every work that I get to be a part of, Your glory and presence will be there. I pray for Your favor and Your protection. I pray that You will provide me the wisdom and discernment to accomplish Your will and plans for today and this week. Lord, You are so good and I lift up this day to You knowing that you go before me and set it into motion. Lord, I lift up Your people today Lord. There are so many who are being attacked and persecuted around the world and I pray that Your hand would be upon them, being their encouragement and their protection, being their hope and strength. Help us all Lord to keep Your commandments and statutes today so that You may receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 I WILL sing of the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness from generation to generation.2 For I have said, Mercy and loving-kindness shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness will You establish in the very heavens [unchangeable and perpetual].3 [You have said] I have made a covenant with My chosen one, I have sworn to David My servant,4 Your Seed I will establish forever, and I will build up your throne for all generations. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 5 Let heaven (the angels) praise Your wonders, O Lord, Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones (the holy angels).6 For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the mighty [heavenly beings] can be likened to the Lord,7 A God greatly feared and revered in the council of the holy (angelic) ones, and to be feared and worshipfully revered above all those who are round about Him?8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty one like unto You, O Lord? And Your faithfulness is round about You [an essential part of You at all times].9 You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves arise, You still them.10 You have broken Rahab (Egypt) in pieces; with Your mighty arm You have scattered Your enemies.11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all that is in it, You have founded them.12 The north and the south, You have created them; Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon joyously praise Your name.13 You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, Your right hand is soaring high.14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and loving-kindness and truth go before Your face.15 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!16 In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.17 For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces!18 For our shield belongs to the Lord, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.19 Once You spoke in a vision to Your devoted ones and said, I have endowed one who is mighty [a hero, giving him the power to help–to be a champion for Israel]; I have exalted one chosen from among the people.20 I have found David My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him, 21 With whom My hand shall be established and ever abide; My arm also shall strengthen him.22 The enemy shall not exact from him or do him violence or outwit him, nor shall the wicked afflict and humble him.23 I will beat down his foes before his face and smite those who hate him.24 My faithfulness and My mercy and loving-kindness shall be with him, and in My name shall his horn be exalted [great power and prosperity shall be conferred upon him].25 I will set his hand in control also on the [Mediterranean] Sea, and his right hand on the rivers [Euphrates with its tributaries].26 He shall cry to Me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!27 Also I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. 28 My mercy and loving-kindness will I keep for him forevermore, and My covenant shall stand fast and be faithful with him.29 His Offspring also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. 30 If his children forsake My law and walk not in My ordinances,31 If they break or profane My statutes and keep not My commandments,32 Then will I punish their transgression with the rod [of chastisement], and their iniquity with stripes. 33 Nevertheless, My loving-kindness will I not break off from him, nor allow My faithfulness to fail [to lie and be false to him].34 My covenant will I not break or profane, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips.35 Once [for all] have I sworn by My holiness, which cannot be violated; I will not lie to David:36 His Offspring shall endure forever, and his throne [shall continue] as the sun before Me. 37 It shall be established forever as the moon, the faithful witness in the heavens. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 38 But [in apparent contradiction to all this] You [even You the faithful Lord] have cast off and rejected; You have been full of wrath against Your anointed.39 You have despised and loathed and renounced the covenant with Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.40 You have broken down all his hedges and his walls; You have brought his strongholds to ruin.41 All who pass along the road spoil and rob him; he has become the scorn and reproach of his neighbors.42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes; You have made all his enemies rejoice.43 Moreover, You have turned back the edge of his sword and have not made him to stand in battle.44 You have made his glory and splendor to cease and have hurled to the ground his throne.45 The days of his youth have You shortened; You have covered him with shame. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!46 How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? How long shall Your wrath burn like fire?47 O [earnestly] remember how short my time is and what a mere fleeting life mine is. For what emptiness, falsity, futility, and frailty You have created all men!48 What man can live and shall not see death, or can deliver himself from the [powerful] hand of Sheol (the place of the dead)? Selah [pause, and calmly consider that]!49 Lord, where are Your former loving-kindnesses [shown in the reigns of David and Solomon], which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?50 Remember, Lord, and earnestly imprint [on Your heart] the reproach of Your servants, scorned and insulted, how I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many and mighty peoples,51 With which Your enemies have taunted, O Lord, with which they have mocked the footsteps of Your anointed.52 Blessed be the Lord forevermore! Amen and Amen.
1 DO NOT boast of [yourself and] tomorrow, for you know not what a day may bring forth. 2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.3 Stone is heavy and sand weighty, but a fool’s [unreasoning] wrath is heavier and more intolerable than both of them.4 Wrath is cruel and anger is an overwhelming flood, but who is able to stand before jealousy?5 Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.7 He who is satiated [with sensual pleasures] loathes and treads underfoot a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.8 Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who strays from his home.9 Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.10 Your own friend and your father’s friend, forsake them not; neither go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near [in spirit] than a brother who is far off [in heart].11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me [as having failed in my parental duty]. 12 A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished [with suffering].13 [The judge tells the creditor] Take the garment of one who is security for a stranger; and hold him in pledge when he is security for foreigners. 14 The flatterer who loudly praises and glorifies his neighbor, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted as cursing him [for he will be suspected of sinister purposes].15 A continual dripping on a day of violent showers and a contentious woman are alike; 16 Whoever attempts to restrain [a contentious woman] might as well try to stop the wind–his right hand encounters oil [and she slips through his fingers].17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose].18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit; so he who patiently and faithfully guards and heeds his master shall be honored. 19 As in water face answers to and reflects face, so the heart of man to man.20 Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the place of destruction) are never satisfied; so [the lust of] the eyes of man is never satisfied. 21 As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold [bring forth all the impurities of the metal], so let a man be in his trial of praise [ridding himself of all that is base or insincere; for a man is judged by what he praises and of what he boasts].22 Even though like grain you should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds;24 For riches are not forever; does a crown endure to all generations?25 When the hay is gone, the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountain are gathered in,26 The lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats [will furnish you] the price of a field.27 And there will be goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance of your maids.